Definition of pipe noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//paɪp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//paɪp//
    Addiction, Musical instruments
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  1. 1  [countable, uncountable] a tube through which liquids and gases can flow hot and cold water pipes lead/plastic pipes a leaking gas pipe Copper pipe is sold in lengths. a burst pipe Insulation may reduce the danger of pipes bursting in winter. CollocationsDecorating and home improvementHouses refurbish/​renovate/ (British English) do up a building/​a house convert a building/​house/​room into homes/​offices/(especially North American English) apartments/(British English) flats extend/​enlarge a house/​building/​room/​kitchen build (British English) an extension (to the back/​rear of a house)/(North American English) an addition (on/​to something)/(British English) a conservatory knock down/​demolish a house/​home/​building/​wall knock out/​through the wall separating two roomsDecoration furnish/​paint/ (especially British English) decorate a home/​house/​apartment/​flat/​room be decorated in bright colours/(especially US English) colors/​in a traditional style/​with flowers/​with paintings paint/​plaster the walls/​ceiling hang/​put up/​strip off/​remove the wallpaper install/​replace/​remove the bathroom fixtures/(British English) fittings build/​put up shelves lay wooden flooring/​timber decking/​floor tiles/​a carpet/​a patio put up/​hang/​take down a picture/​painting/​poster/​curtainDIY/​home improvement do (British English) DIY/​carpentry/​the plumbing/​the wiring make home improvements add/​install central heating/​underfloor heating/​insulation fit/​install double-glazing/​a smoke alarm insulate your house/​your home/​the walls/​the pipes/​the tanks/(especially British English) the loft fix/​repair a roof/​a leak/​a pipe/​the plumbing/​a leaking (especially British English) tap/(usually North American English) faucet block/​clog (up)/unblock/​unclog a pipe/​sink make/​drill/​fill a hole hammer (in)/pull out/​remove a nail tighten/​untighten/​loosen/​remove a screw saw/​cut/​treat/​stain/​varnish/​paint wood see also drainpipe, exhaust, waste pipe, windpipe
  2. 2  [countable] a narrow tube with a bowl at one end, used for smoking tobacco to smoke a pipe He puffed on his pipe. pipe tobacco See related entries: Addiction
  3. 3 [countable] a musical instrument in the shape of a tube, played by blowing see also pan pipes See related entries: Musical instruments
  4. 4[countable] any of the tubes from which sound is produced in an organ
  5. 5 pipes [plural] = bagpipes See related entries: Musical instruments
  6. Word OriginOld English pīpe ‘musical tube’, pīpian ‘play a pipe’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch pijp and German Pfeife, based on Latin pipare ‘to peep, chirp’, reinforced in Middle English by Old French piper ‘to chirp, squeak’.Extra examples He knocked out his pipe in the big glass ashtray. He laid the pipes under the floorboards. Insulating your pipes will save on your heating bills. The pipe from the boiler to the bath. The pipes lead into the river. The pipes will have to pass through the wall. the hot and cold water pipes the pipe for the hot water to join two lengths of pipe together All the old lead pipes were replaced with plastic and copper. Both hot and cold water pipes should be properly insulated. Insulation may reduce the risk of water pipes bursting in winter. The car’s exhaust pipe was blocked with snow. The house was blown apart by an explosion, caused by a leaking gas pipe.
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